This is technically a reel but also works well as an air.
Comes out here more march-like than reel-like. I’ve heard it many times as an air and, of course, heard many a singer sing the song. In dance music form it is more commonly played in a hornpipe version as "The Peacock’s Feather" Never heard it as a reel.
“technically a reel”?
I’ve always thought of ‘Parting Glass’ as a song air, never a reel. What makes it ‘technically’ a reel?
“The Parting Glass” / “The Peacock’s March”
As a ‘reel’, it’s ‘single’, without the repeats given here, the same as for the song. Also, as a single reel, it would be played more like a reel, with some differences compared to this transcription, though maybe this is meant to be more of an American style reel. However, song aside, it’s earliest entity is as a march, and the earliest source for it that I know of is that old standby, "O’Farrell’s Pocket Companion",vol. IV, 1810, where he calls it simply "The Peacock", a march…
“The Peacock’s Feather” ~ Reel ~ one take on it with a few rolls
K: E Dorian (can also be played minor, e or a)
|: BA |
GEFD ~E3 F | ~G3 B ~A2 GA | B ~e3 edBA |1 G ~E3 (3DED :|
2 GEFD (3EFE B^c ||
(3dcd Bd ~e2 (3Bcd | edBG ~A2 Bc | d ~B3 edBA | GEFE D2 BA |
~G2 FD ~E3 F | GFGB (3ABA GA | Be (3def edBA | GE (3FED E2 ||
“The Peacock” ~ the march
Key signature: e minor
Submitted on November 11th 2006 by ceolachan.
“The Peacock’s Feathers” ~ hornpipe / barndance ~ a distant cousin, ‘in name only’?
ey signature: d minor
Submitted on April 29th 2002 by wordridden.
Parting Glass as March
Have seen this tune called The Cork March
See "The Peacock" link just previous, the march…